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Etsy List: Clockwatching

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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Clocks and watches are almost things of the past thanks to everyone having a mobile phone with time, date, alarm and even timer functions.

Week days during my early school life began with me slamming down on the knob of a purple Westclox ‘Big Ben’ pedestal clock. Years later, this gave way to a boxy Sony Digimatic clock alarm radio. Today, we still have a Sony clock alarm radio – this time, a Dream Machine – shaped like a cube with LED numbers and snooze button. A ticking clock, like a dripping tap, would keep me awake all night!

We have a fantastic vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock in our lounge and another Metamec version on the top floor – both beautiful mid century modern icons!

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Charity Vintage: Dolly Days coffee set

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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Dolly Days coffee set for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice(ends 18 May, 2014 21:06:47 BST)

We’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple of these Dolly Days coffee sets since we’ve been trading. We picked up the first one in a charity shop in Bexhill-on-Sea about 8 years ago – before we even had a shop! We sold it in 2008 to a lovely lady who bought it as a present. Here’s the lovely story she told us:

It was the first set that my grandparents bought when they got married, unfortunately over time, many pieces have been broken so I am buying this set (which is the only one I have found) as a 50th wedding anniversary gift for them.

This Dolly Days set is being sold on eBay for Charity by & on behalf of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice*. The starting bid is £49.99 and surprisingly there’ve been no bids yet. Dolly Days was manufactured by Hostess Tableware in 1960s. The pattern designed by John Russell, who was also designed the Black Velvet range.

*The Hospice provides specialist palliative care to those suffering with a life threatening illness via in-patient support, day care, various clinics including Lymphodema and breathlessness along with bereavement support, at no charge to the patient or carers.

Charity Vintage: Jungle Book LP

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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vintage Jungle Book LP(ends 21 Apr, 2014 12:15:45 BST)

You always get the question in celebrity Q&As, “What was the first record you ever bought?” Well, I’m not sure if I actually bought it. I would have been a bit too young to go to the record shop on my own, with my own money, but The Jungle Book LP was my first record!

I played it over & over & over again, my clumsy hands probably ruining the needle on my parents’ record player. I knew all the words to all the songs – I probably still do!

This copy of the Jungle Book record being sold by & in support of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice* is in very good condition – both the record and its sleeve.

What was your first record?

*Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice provides vital care to patients and families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell. All monies raised through their online shop will help them to care for more families living with terminal illness.

In Orbit

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer | H is for Home

Wow!! How about this for an eye-popping bit of orange Op Art loveliness?

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup maker's mark | H is for Home

This cup & saucer is from the Orbit range produced by Burleigh in the 1960s. It’s superb and quite uncharacteristic of their usual output which is normally very traditional. Someone must have had a rush of blood to the head (or taken LSD) that week. It’s quite a rare pattern and doesn’t appear for sale often.

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer with sugar lumps | H is for Home

It’s a great display piece, and would also provide the perfect pick-me-up start to the day filled with strong coffee. We’ve got a few for sale and they’ll appear in our webshop soon.

Charity Vintage: H Lait & Sons sideboards

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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pair of H Lait & Sons sideboards for sale on eBay for CharityTop: (ends 21 Mar, 2014 16:19:21 GMT)
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We’ve featured a few vintage 1950s teak sideboards in our Charity Vintage series in the past and they’ve proved popular with our blog visitors.

The two sideboards pictured above are a little bit unusual. They’re more 60s Mod than 50s Mid-century Modern. They’re being sold by different sellers, but are both made by H Lait & Sons. There hasn’t been anything by this maker on eBay for AGES but, like buses… you know the rest!

The lot (top photo) consisting of sideboard, table & chairs is being sold by & on behalf of Age UK East Sussex*. It’s offered as ‘buy it now’ £220.00 (also open to offers).

The sideboard on its own (bottom photo) is being sold by & on behalf of Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services* and currently has had one bid of £45.

Both items are listed as buyer to collect. However, BCTF offers a free delivery service if you’re located within a 5 mile road journey of Bolton town centre.

*Age UK East Sussex is an independent local charity dedicated to helping people in later life in East Sussex. Our vision is for East Sussex to be a county where people in later life flourish.

*Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services assists in the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, the preservation of health and any other charitable purposes through the provision of transport and/or furniture and recycling furniture and white goods for the benefit of communities in the UK, and particularly, but not exclusively, those in Greater Manchester.